Definition & Assignment of Academic Advisors
A Graduate Academic Advisor is an individual (faculty or staff) affiliated with a graduate program and assigned to a graduate student. This advisor has primary responsibility for providing every opportunity for the student to succeed within the program. Graduate students should all be assigned an advisor no later than the beginning of their first semester. This assignment should be communicated to the student at the earliest possible opportunity, along with the advisor’s contact information. The advisor assignment should be recorded in the student’s Banner record (or the appropriate university student information system of record) by the graduate program. Individuals assigned as Graduate Advisors should have appropriate Graduate Faculty status, as spelled out in the Graduate Council Manual.